2011-10-21 / Letters

A Few Truths About The Election

Dear Editor,

I write in response to Ed Deacy’s letter of last week. He made numerous false and unfair accusations, so I would just like to clear the air. Often when I help people out, they want to give me monetary contributions.

I usually wave these offers away, asking instead that they write a letter to The Wave and The Rockaway Point News if they are satisfied with the way I assisted them.

I do not personally take credit for everything we accomplish in this community. In fact, in every one of my columns, I thank people who have worked with us on crucial issues. When it came to Peninsula Hospital, I repeatedly acknowledged the board members, employees, concerned citizens, and local leaders who helped keep PHC open. Jane Deacy was there – a total of three times – but she was certainly not in the vanguard. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, on the other hand, spent five nights a week with us in the middle of a highly contested race for office.

On the day that Mr. Deacy mentions in his letter, his wife showed up to the rally three hours after it had ended and demanded to use my bullhorn, despite the fact that only five people and a camera crew from CBS were still around. But this isn’t a shocker. When we were fighting to stop the Cross Bay Bridge toll, Ms. Deacy and Councilman Eric Ulrich were nowhere to be found, neither at public hearings in 2009 and 2010 about the CBB rebate program, nor at our march across the bridge last October to protest the elimination of that program.

Going back to PHC, I did tons of things, both behind the scenes and in public view. I was in constant contact with Senator Malcolm Smith, who urged an investigation into the closure of the hospital, and was privy to the deliberations of board members, who spent hours thinking about how to keep the place open.

On 15 different nights, with hospital staff, I visited the offices of many elected officials to ask for their assistance in this matter. Any time my phone rang, I was happy to help PHC in any way possible. We, as a team and as a community, we won.

I bear no animosity to Mr. or Ms. Deacy. Indeed, I gave Ms. Deacy her first position in politics, appointing her to serve as an inspector for the Democratic Party. When she ran for Republican District Leader in 2007, I even helped her build support in the community, introducing her to local leaders and fellow Republicans.

Mr. Deacy’s hostility drips from his missive and you can almost taste the sour grapes. It’s hard to run for Assembly, I know, I’ve lost a few elections myself. Hopefully, his wife can learn from this experience and do better going forward. Thanks for keeping my name out in the public, Mr. Deacy. As my mother always said, a knock is a boost.

LEW SIMON

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